cassidyrose: (loooking up)
I haven't been posting much anywhere because about a month ago the file system on my laptop got FUBR. Fortunately, most of my stuff was backed up, (though not time machined, sadly) and all the files were still there and we were able to slowly and painfully transfer off everything that wasn't backed up, including my LightRoom catalog for this machine. Not having a laptop slowed down my ability to work at a computer/post anywhere because I to do so I had either by physically in our office on the desktop or on my phone. Also, this was during October which included A Taste for Dance (our chocolate tasting/performance showcase), Sundance Stompede (big queer country dance thing), and then three Phish shows in a week, including two in Las Vegas.

So, I've been busy.

Lots to talk about. I also have to restore this machine's LR catalog because I have three holiday bazaars coming up where I am selling prints (the Fremont Art Association's bazaar, Homo for the Holidays, and Fatty Winter Wonderland) and I need to get those ready. I also have five pieces currently showing at the Fremont Cultural Arts Council's juried photography show at the main library.

Today I am sting not he couch watching The Fabric of the Cosmos with S. as he was up all night throwing up. Good times.

cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
Tonight Peter and I were talking about travel. I really want to travel as much as we can financially and logistically. He asked me where I wanted to go and off the top of my head I came up with the following.

Domestic travel focused on National Parks: Denali NP (Alaska), Glacier NP(Montana), Joshua Tree NP (CA), Yellowstone NP (Wyoming), Canyonlands (Utah), Arches NP (Utah), Zion NP (Utah), and Hawai'i Volcanoes NP (Hawai'i).

Other domestic travel: DC (focus on Smithsonian), Madison Square Garden in NYC to see Phish (hopefully there will be an opportunity to do this in the next couple of years), St. Louis (been there before and would like to see more), New Orleans, and San Diego (again, been before, would like to go again).

International travel: Iceland tops this list, then Germany (larger trip we hope to plan with Michael sometime in the the next 5-8 years), France, Amsterdam, England, Ireland (part of my family is from Ireland), Montreal, New Zealand, the Azores (other part of my family is from the island of Pico), Italy, Spain, and Antarctica (big reach).

The domestic travel feels within reach as does some of the international travel. Not sure if we will get to do all of the international travel, but I like to think about it and hope that we can do some chunk of it. I know that a trip to Germany could reasonably include travel to a few of different places (say, Berlin to Amsterdam, to Paris, for example), and England and Ireland are often done together, etc., but it is all expensive, but I try not to let that stop me from thinking about it. I have never been outside the US and Canada and would like to at some point.

Of course there are places closer to home that we will certainly visit again such as Yosemite, Lassen, and other state and national parks in Northern CA.

Just musing about travel and dreams and such.

Probably should not have had a coffee drink at 5:30pm, but I was so tired I could barely stand.

to do

Dec. 1st, 2011 11:14 am
cassidyrose: (Great American Music Hall)
Slowish morning here. [ profile] ptor took S. to school on the way to his eye appointment today so I didn't get up and out as usual. I've just been cleaning and entertaining L. for the past couple of hours here at home. We need to go to Bed Bath and Beyond in a bit to return a curtain panel I bought from them that was apparently a floor-model (had tags) and has a hole in it. I also need to pick up a new salad spinner. Hoping to maybe convince L. to sit in the stroller so I can take a short walk before retrieving S. from school. Then we will all go to the produce stand and pick up some things. Last week we went and it was the owner's 80th birthday and they were sharing chocolate cake. My kids were quite excited about that. I am sure there will be disappointment about lack of cake today. Then home and homework for S. and a nap for L. then we all head to swimming.

I hope tonight to get the rest of the wall borders/decorations up in the kids' rooms.

We also need to start hanging pictures in the house as well.

And do more unpacking. We've done a lot of it, but there is more to do. Still need to hang the curtain rod and curtains in the family room. The cellular shades for the bedrooms are getting installed tomorrow. Yay! No more foil in those windows!

Life marches on otherwise. My foot has been giving me a lot of trouble and that kind of sucks. We still need to hire a new electrician to finish the electrical work in the house too. We also need to get the painter back in to touch up and do the exterior trim. I have my eye appointment tomorrow and am looking forward to new glasses and contacts. L. turns two in two weeks. Weird. Such a big boy now.


May. 2nd, 2011 01:30 am
cassidyrose: (performance)
I danced more this weekend than I have since I took the four month break to try to heal my foot. I did full rehearsal yesterday and taught warm-up and one class at our Day of Dance today and I also did the belly dance class. I am really sore, but it was totally worth it. It was a fantastic day and I am so happy to be doing what I do with dance, the Fly Girls, and Big Moves.

Also, I got the video today from our show back in July and I was blown away. We (Fly Girls) just danced and performed better than ever before. Just really tight, really strong. I honestly almost cried. Our show in 2008 was very good, don't get me wrong, but I was very new as co-AD then, I had just started choreographing regularly, and dancing my style was very new to the dancers. Since then the troupe has grown and we are just so solid now. Three other dancers had choreographed pieces in the show and it was so great to see such a diversity in styles. Also, the show last year was the first time we had a tap piece and it was every bit as awesome as I envisioned and the tap sounded much cleaner than I hoped for. We have come so, so very far in ten years.

And the dance critic who didn't like a certain one of pieces, for reasons unexplained, that was in a dance festival back in 2009 can suck it--I fucking love that dance and it is one of the best I have choreographed and we are fierce.

That is all.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
I am here but really tired and really busy. We have started the process of house hunting and it is already giving me an ulcer.


My foot is fucked. Some sort of benign bone tumor which will require surgery to remove and a bone graft to make not-painful.

This would require me to be off my foot for 8-10 weeks.

Envision that with a 16 month old and a 4.5 year old.

Yeah. Not gonna happen this year.

I have made the decision to return to dancing, hiking, yoga, and more walking within my pain limits and revisit the issue next summer if I am still in pain.

It is what it is.

Spent nearly four hours at sheep shearing day at the farm yesterday and finally replaced the broken DVD player. I no longer have to do my pilates workout from memory. Oh, and I replaced my new phone for the *second* time as the first one fried itself within a week and the second one kept crashing. Asshat at the store who gave me attitude is on my shit list.

Trying to plan a trip to Yosemite and a trip to Washington state to visit my sister and her family this summer. Need to get moving on that. Also hope to take the kids to the Monterey Bay Aquarium soon. We are taking S. to Maker Faire but leaving L. at home as it would be too hard to wrangle him there this year. Next year they can both go (and both went last year, but L. is at the age that it will just be a BAD IDEA).

Going to NOLOSE, just need to register. Should be performing there as well. On the fence about whether or not I want to submit a workshop proposal. I did two last year and I am feeling kind of burned out of late, in general, so I may pass. I have until May 1st to decide.

That is all for now.

2010 recap

Jan. 2nd, 2011 01:39 am
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
To sum up 2010 I am tempted to say, "I had a baby in December of 2009" and leave it at that. Because, really, a whole lot of this year was devoted to the care of feeding of that baby and his older brother.

That said, here is a run down of the year:

I choreographed one new dance, which was really two dances, as it was a combination tap and jazz dance. It was some sort of postpartum mania which moved me to do this ~two months before a show. It's a great dance though, and the debut of tap with the Fly Girls.

I started another dance, a lyrical/contemporary piece, which I am really excited about.

I excavated a couple of other of my older dances.

Performed a handful of times, including our big show this past July, "Go Big or Go Home", where I performed six pieces, three of which were mine.

Taught a number of folks in a number of classes and took one master tap class which was awesome but kicked my ass and everyone else's as well.

In June I attended the NOLOSE conference and presented two workshops there. I had a great time and was happy with what I accomplished with my workshops. I still want to write up and post more about my "What about the Children? Fat Panic and Kids" panel here.

I know I did at least one interview for a student movie/documentary (I think) and I sadly cannot remember if I did any other media this year.

I started the process to be photographed by an fine art photographer, which may not sound like activism, but it kind of is. She is shooting a number of the Fly Girls. It sounds promising.

Had a few illnesses, including a bad stomach virus and one bout of food poisoning. Postpartum uterine injury which sucks and has impacted my dancing and general mobility. Stress fracture in foot (which I have been dancing on for over a year because it was misdiagnosed) and weird nerve thing down left side of lower body. Teeth mostly OK, eyes doing OK, skin OK...onward.

Kids doing well health-wise. L. got croup in June which was scary and required an ER visit and S. had handful of colds and stomach bugs. [ profile] ptor had a number of sinus things which sucked.

[ profile] ptor started working again in April after sixteen months of unemployment. This was and remains a very good thing.


I joined the executive board of S.'s preschool. It is a whole hell of a lot of work.

We started looking for a new place to live but kind of dropped it for the holidays. Need to pick it up again.

S. finished the three year old class at his school in June, went to summer school there, and entered the pre-K class there this past September. He is loving it and is starting to make friends which is great to see.

S. turned four this year and L. turned one. They are amazing.

I have cooked a lot and have expanded even more the type and variety of foods we eat. I have perfected my own banana-peanut butter-chocolate chip muffin recipe and have baked many other things. Not much time to fuss with yeasted breads this year, but hopefully soon we will get there.

I was really getting back into yoga, doing it while S. was at school and L. napped, but the stress fracture is forcing me to put that on hold for a while.

I got a new camera, a Canon Rebel, and have a very nice 50mm macro lens for it and a decent telephoto lens for it. I am working on my photography as I can in my mostly non-existent spare time.

Where we went and what we did

Due to the newborn situation and [ profile] ptor working a job where he doesn't get vacation time, we didn't take any big trips this year. However, we've done a lot as a family and even more just me and the kids. Most all Saturdays were spent in Berkeley with me at rehearsal and [ profile] ptor and the kids hanging out with [ profile] catzen, then we all would have lunch and hang out together. S. had school three days a week through July and since September has been going four afternoons a week. In addition to that are trips to the library and park, as well as music and swim classes for both kids. There were bike rides and walks and lots of cooking and baking.
For family bigger outings (or things I did with the kids), here is what our year looked like by month, according to my photo files: )

so tired

May. 10th, 2010 08:37 pm
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
This is the time of day when I feel just incredibly drained. [ profile] ptor left the house at eight this morning and got back around 7 tonight. We've finished dinner and are getting ready to get the kids in bed. I will probably be up for 3-4 more hours, but I am zapped right now. Since 8am today I got S. dressed for school, made him breakfast, got S. and my dad (working at the school for me) to school, nursed L., put L. down to nap, did dishes, got dinner in the crockpot, woke L. up and got him dressed, retrieved S. and dad from school, nursed L. again, went to lunch with dad and the kids, nursed L. again, made multigrain bread, cleaned up S.'s mess from his project that kept him occupied while I made bread, nursed L. and did a puzzle with S., took the kids to the grocery store, nursed L. and watched a show about machines with S., finished dinner, and ate dinner. In all that were a whole bunch of diaper changes, teeth brushings, nose wipings, and weathered innumerable arguments with S. about what he could/could not do and what he need to do (e.g., clean up toys, leave the sleeping baby alone, etc). Now I need to nurse L. and get him in bed, do some laundry, clean up the kitchen, etc.

I am *so* tired.

We are getting some rhythm and routine down with the baby and [ profile] ptor being at work, but it is still not all there and L. is still just a wee one. Lots of adjustments and lots to do.



May. 1st, 2010 10:10 pm
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
Long day. Open rehearsal today which meant I was teaching students as well as working with Fly Girls--always fun and great but more emotionally intensive. After rehearsal we drive homeward while the boys napped in the car and then went out for a huge falafel feast. So good. Later on I dug around in the garage and found more of S.'s old six month clothing for L. and located the nine-month pajamas--we will need them soonish. Sadly, those things completely wore me out. Of course, I am exhausted after being home for ~eleven hours a day with the boys by myself. This week for the first week at [ profile] ptor's new job. Good in many, many ways, but sad for the kids who hardly get to see him on weekdays and my daily life has suddenly gotten a whole lot more challenging and busy. We made it through, but, yeah, tired.

Tomorrow we will hopefully do something outside--should be nice weather. S. wants to go to the butterfly garden so his dragonfly finger-puppet can smell flowers. We may just do that.


Mar. 9th, 2010 03:42 pm
cassidyrose: (light blur self)
It started with my left foot hurting. Then it spread to my shin, quad, and hip. In an attempt to stretch my leg out in a way that alleviated the pain long enough so I could sleep I managed to really hurt my lower back. Or something else injured it. Either way my lower back is now fucked which is making daily life remarkably unfun with the kids.

I am icing and it and taking ibuprofen and that is helping a bit. Rest is probably one of the best things I can do. Try telling that to S.

Oh, and to add to the fun, I did a super-easy yoga practice two days in a row late last week because I was so stiff I could barely move. Sadly, that tiny bit of downward dog aggravated my shoulder injury.

So, so pissed off with my body right now.

cassidyrose: (elephant)
Up and around, trying to figure out what to do with the day outside of the obvious (nursing, diapering, cooking, and cleaning). I'd like to get outside and do *something*. My body hurts as I've done something weird to my lower back, left foot, and left hip. ::sigh::

Went to the Friends of the Library sale last night and scored some great old funky cookbooks, included a random Lutheran church cookbook form 1948, complete with funny old ads and newspaper clippings left inside. I love shit like that. Also got Jacques Torres' "Dessert Circus" book for $2 and some random books for S. S. enjoyed picking out his own books. [ profile] ptor got a bunch of O'Rielly books for 75 cents an inch--can't beat that.

Not too much else happening around here. Just dealing with newborn life and life with the bigger guy. [ profile] ptor had lots of activity on the job search front last week so we are really hoping something pans out soon.

Wish I had something more exciting to say but I don't really...just plugging along here.

Oh, I am thinking hard about some workshop proposals for NOLOSE. That is interesting and exciting. Need to get moving on all that.

We also need to start thinking about and working on our garden. We also have what I expect is a mold problem in the house which we need to get assessed and then start the fun of dealing with our landlord about it. Yick.

cassidyrose: (Great American Music Hall)
Finally made it out for another walk--hadn't been since last week, save for walking around the mall on Saturday. Fitting decent exercise into newborn and preschooler life has been difficult for me. Hell, having any sort of routine right now has been difficult. I have come up with a plan that I think will work for the time being though. At some point during each day I have to wear L. for him to nap. Instead of just sitting or doing very minor chores I will do a ~30 minute neighborhood walk in that time as long as [ profile] ptor is home to watch S. Today worked out well because L. was asleep on me in the wrap and Peter did S.'s nap routine so I was able to get out and do the walk. I feel better for it and made good time for the distance even with a fourteen pound weight attached to the front of my body. It is not that much exercise but it is something and it at least got me outside.

Like I said, minor accomplishments. I am just reaching the seven-week slump of everything in my upper body hurting from nursing and holding/wearing a baby so many hours everyday and I am sick of staring at the inside of my not-clean-enough house.

That is all.
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
I have a lot on my mind that I wish to write about but currently lack the focus. I am thinking about Haiti, George Tiller's murder and the continued erosion of female reproductive rights in the United States, the health care reform crap-out, increasing crime in our local neighborhoods, our continued unemployment, general fat activism, Michelle Obama jumping on the "obesity epidemic" bandwagon, etc.

So, I have mental capacity left, I am just ill-focused and tired and not able to sort it all out right now in the newborn haze.

My days and nights are still turned upside down as L. is typically not settling for his longer in-his-bed stretch of sleep until sometime after 2am. He is a really mellow baby, and for that we are grateful, but he is still a newborn and newborns need near-constant attention and care. Breastfeeding a newborn is tiring and a lot of work. I am trying to remind myself of that and not be too hard on myself for not being up to doing much. It is a a short-lived phase and it will pass....I know this intellectually, it is just hard to remember when the days blur and I lose track of when I last showered or took my last vitamin. I am also fighting some sinus inflammation/infection (for a month now) and that is slowing me down. When I am not doing direct baby care I am frantically cooking and cleaning--it is amazing how rapidly the dishes and laundry accumulate around here.

So that is what is going on here. If you haven't heard from us, or we haven't commented back that is why. We really are in a haze, sleeping in shifts and trying to manage the craziness of a 6 week old and an almost 3.5 year old. I am trying to make one Baby and Me group a week and that helps me feel a little more human. I am hoping in the next weeks to start walking some regularly (as in, going on walks, not just up and down the hallway with the baby), and plan to be dancing again by March. We are back on the work schedule at S.'s school next week, so I will have that as well, but [ profile] ptor may do the work shifts for a while. We shall see.

The continued rainy weather here has been sucky for me emotionally and seriously works against me getting out. I hate the rain and cold and I am loathe to go out in it.

But, really, I didn't mean for all this to sound so whiny. We are doing well overall, we love L. to pieces, S. loves L., and we are generally quite happy. It is just hard and disorienting having a new baby. It is a lot easier than last time and there is nothing bad happening, it is just a rough phase and I am trying not be beat myself up over not feeling 110% and not wanting to do a whole lot. Slowing down is a challenge for me, even when it is necessary.
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
We are still here and alive, just tired and consumed by new-baby care and three-year old care. Things are going pretty well, but last night was horrible and we are taking turns sleeping today. S.'s school is back in session tomorrow which is very welcome--getting him out to an organized activity trumps the inconvenience of one of us having to get him up and out to said activity. Newborns just require so much dedicated time and attention and it is hard to manage that and keep S. entertained and marginally happy. I had forgotten how much time it takes to nurse a newborn--I am spending roughly ten hours a day solely engaged in feeding the baby. It is exhausting. I also forgot how noisy newborns are when they sleep and how much laundry they generate. There were lots of things I forgot about newborns, but it is still a whole lot easier the second time around.

Overall, we are doing OK, we just feel like everything has been turned upside down, because, well, it has. But it is good. We love our new little baby and are so happy he is here with us. I keep reminding myself that he is only two weeks old and it does get easier and things do get more settled.

Not much else to say right now. Too tired. More later.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
We are up and starting on a slooooow Sunday. S. and I are still rather sick. Poor S. has beens sick since Monday with a bad cold...I've had the same thing for the past few days. Ugh. I don't want to do anything today except rest. S. is tired of being in the house but, well, he's a sick little guy. His cough is starting to not sound good. :-(

That's about all I have to update. Since we didn't have fevers we were able to get our H1N1 vaccines at the county clinic yesterday--we only had to wait in line for an hour...woo-hoo! S. has to get another shot in 3-4 weeks and I really hope he can get from our health care provider by then (they currently have only a super-limited supply restricted to those with immune issues, etc.) so we don't have to stand in another clinic line. Last night S. kept asking us, "Why are some people scared of a poke from a little needle and some blood?" The crying and screaming kids at the shot clinics perplex him. Now, he didn't want to go because he said the shot hurts, but he did go and doesn't scream. He just winces a bit.

I am hoping to finish Baby Pickle's blanket today or tomorrow. It is looking nice. And I just want to sleep more.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
S. is sick with some sinus thing and I was up with him until 4:30 this morning. Thankfully he finally slept and stayed asleep until 11:30. He cannot breathe when he is lying down so he doesn't want to sleep. Poor guy.

I have officially hit the final-weeks-of-pregnancy-wall. I am so tired I don't want to do anything. Seriously. Unfortunately we have a whole lot of stuff to get done. Just putting one foot in front of the other.

[ profile] ptor has an in-person interview today and another (at a different company) tomorrow. We are hoping something comes of either or both of them. However, now that we are so close to Baby Pickle showing up it is not great timing, but we need the income so we will do whatever we need to do. I am very disheartened that Adobe is laying off 680 employees, Applied Materials 1,300-1,500, and EA is cutting 1,500. These are all huge tech employers in the Bay Area and that is a whole more jobs just gone. Not to mention Sun's recent massive downsizing and the impending NUMMI plant closure which will eliminate nearly 5,000 jobs at NUMMI alone, not to mention the tens of thousands that will be affected by the plant's closure.

The weather is finally sorta kinda changing around here. No longer feels like the end of summer.

I am jamming away on a baby blanket for the baby, and also need to get a hat done for my nephew and for S. We also need to take care of holiday gift shopping very soon. I'll put it on the list.

The political climate continues to distress and depress me. The Stupak Amendment to the health care reform bill is just one glaring example of why. It is clearly the goal of far too many to restrict access to abortion to a level which would effectively make it illegal once again. It's just wrong and tragic.

And with that I should go fix S. the blackberries he has requested and convince him that we need to rest today because he is SICK!!!!
cassidyrose: (Great American Music Hall)
We had S.'s preschool Halloween in-class party today and that was fun. He didn't want to wear a costume, but he was happy to wear the pumpkin hat I made him along with an orange shirt with pumpkins on it. He was really rather cute. The kids who wore costumes with masks seemed to scare him a bit. :-( Wednesday night we had pumpkin carving night at school and he helped make a nice jack-o-lantern. We have two more pumpkins to carve tonight or tomorrow.

It is warm here today, as it often is in the Bay Area on Halloween. Despite that I am pretending we are having fall weather and I have a quadruple batch of Pepper Potato Fennel Soup in the crockpot and will be making a chard strudel to accompany it tonight.

We are going to try to do something relatively low-key yet Halloween-y tomorrow. If nothing else we can all sit on the porch and hand out candy.

Not much else. Too much baby prep to do, but first I need a nap after too many days of not nearly enough sleep.

busy day

Oct. 16th, 2009 03:05 pm
cassidyrose: (Great American Music Hall)
Finishing Chocolate Tasting prep. today. Ran to Joann's while S. was at school to get a purple ribbon to lace the back of my black velvet corset-like skirt I am wearing as part of a costume for one of our pieces tomorrow night. Still need to wrangle all my costume parts and get them organized, as well as my makeup. Joann's had Halloween decorations half off so I picked up a couple more things for S. to put up around the house. He loves decorations and decorating. Our house is quite Halloweeny at the moment.

We made a new kind of refrigerator pickle today using this recipe. They are cooling now. Can't wait to try them.

I almost finished S.'s pumpkin hat today as well. He does not want to wear a Halloween costume but has agreed to wear a pumpkin hat. So a pumpkin hat I made. I hope to finish it later tonight.

The friends of the library sale is later this evening. Yay. Always fun.

Now I will nap while S. is napping. I have a bit of a cold (as does most the preschool) and it is wearing me down.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
[ profile] ptor is on his way home from yet another job interview. Here's hoping for the best.

S. had a bit of a cold earlier in the week (he has it the "snufflies") and now I have a sore throat and sinus stuff. Bleah. I took a nap and don't really feel any better. He's still asleep (three hours already). He was a tired guy.

The chocolate tasting is on Saturday. You really should check it out if you can. Halloween themed goodness! Come in costume for a discount at the door (discounted tickets can also be purchased online, but you really should still come in costume). I am dragging my 31-week pregnant self up on stage to perform...all you have to do is show up, eat chocolate, and watch the show.

Got our cable wiring fixed today after losing a whole bunch of channels. Not having access to Bravo (and hence, Top Chef) was the final straw and I called Comcast last night.

Not too much else...just busy and a bit stressed.

Onward and upward.
cassidyrose: (light blur self)
I've been writing about food and cooking a lot lately. That is obviously not all my life is about, but sometimes that is all I have the energy to write about. Things are kind of shitty for a number of people that I know and two friends this past week had to deal with losing a beloved pet. Then there is the immense suckitude that is cancer affecting the lives of many that I know. It was a crappy week(s) for many people I care about and I don't feel like there is too much I can do to help. I can listen and offer support and hugs, but that doesn't make the dead pets come back nor does it make the cancer go away.

In the bigger picture, the political crazies I've been seeing sort of terrify me in ways I have yet to be able to put into words here very well. I am scared about what is happening economically and what is not happening on the health care reform and GLBT rights front.

I am also find myself disgusted with how shitty some parents can be. And by that I am not even talking about the abusers and those that neglect their children. I am talking about people who cannot be bothered to give their children one frikkin' boundary to save their lives and those lack of boundaries *always* end up at the expense of other children. I am talking about the parents who encourage anti-social and inappropriate behavior, such as chasing animals. This week it was asshat parents at the farm *laughing* while their children (old enough to know better, btw) aggressively chased and cornered a horribly frightened peacock. I intervened and got the children to stop and sternly told the parents in question that it was not OK to allow children to chase animals, and that that sort of behavior was incredibly inappropriate. No one even bothered to apologize or actually explain to their children that the behavior was wrong. Sometimes I have little faith in humanity. Seriously.

There are good things of course.

S. brings us great joy and he is turning into this incredibly delightful little person full of ideas, stories, likes, dislikes, opinions, thoughts, dreams, plans, and so much love. He enjoys his life so much and that is wonderful to see. He holds us intensely in his gaze when he speaks to us and that is so beautiful and heart-warming. He wants to know everything about anything and his capacity for learning seems to know no bounds. So many things interest and excite him--it is wonderful to see. And his language gets more and more complex each day.

We are looking forward to the new baby, but are nervous as well. Ten more weeks. Yikes! I am eternally grateful that this pregnancy has been a million times easier than my first. May it stay that way. Hell, I am 30 weeks along and still have barely had any discernible swelling. Kind of freaky, but I'll take it.

We had a wonderful tomato crop this year and our freezer is full of tomatoes for use over the winter.

We just celebrated our five year anniversary with Ms. Harlequin. She is no longer the skinny, scruffy, dusty shelter kitty we brought home, but a full grown, well-fed, and awfully pampered cat. We love her and are so happy she is our sweet cat-baby.

And it should not escape mention that I am so, so happy to be married and raising a family with [ profile] ptor. We have had to deal with some stressful external forces, but we are truly happy. I feel quite fortunate.
cassidyrose: (busy bee on sunflower)
Last night I skinned, seeded, chopped and froze about twelve cups of our garden tomatoes. Overnight we dehydrated a number of apples that weren't so great fresh anymore. The dried ones are a success and S. is quite excited about them. S. didn't really want to go anywhere today (except to a store to look at toys and I was not up for that) so we made pumpkin bread together. It was about 100 times better than the last time I made that recipe and I wonder what went wrong last time. Oh well. He wouldn't leave the kitchen during the seventy minutes it was baking. ;-) He found red quinoa in our grain and bean drawer and wanted it for lunch so I made him some. He happily scarfed it up. Now I have a huge pot of vegetables and water on the stove slowly becoming vegetable broth and tonight I will make tomato-cheddar soup with some of our tomatoes. We are thinking we might try drying some of them over the next couple of days as well. Then I will need to relieve our plants of many more pounds of tomatoes later in the week and I will start the tomato cooking and storing process all over again. S. wants to bake with me more so later in the week we will make multi-grain bread together.

On top of all that I mopped the kitchen floor which is something I hate doing. Now I just feel extra-productive.


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